Talked to Fr. Shane Tharp out in Oklahoma

He’s fine.  So that’s the good news. Sadly, at least 51 people are dead and most of them are children killed when the tornado (according to Fr. Shane, perhaps the largest one ever recorded) struck the elementary school they were in.  The tornado was two and a half miles wide (!!!) and remained on the [Read More...]

Prayers for Moore, OK (and everybody in tornado country)

A mile wide twister hits Moore.  I’ve been through there.  They were devastated a few years back too. Father, hear our prayer that lives be spared and property damage be minimized.  Grant swift recovery from this disaster.  Mother Mary, pray for all affected by this. We ask all this through Christ our Lord [Read more...]

Prayer Request and Chance to Do a Work of Mercy

A reader writes: My best friend is in dire straits. He’s a college student studying meteorology in Dekalb, IL, and is less than a month away from losing his apartment. He lost his job a couple months back, he needs to come up with $3,000 by June 16th. He’s a;ready applied for loans, and has [Read More...]

The boy we have been praying for, who attempted suicide, has died

Of your charity, pray for Michael and his family. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Grant all who love him grace, peace, strength, consolation and hope.  Mother Mary, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  We ask [Read More...]

Prayer Requests

A reader writes: A relative of mine suffers from a mental illness and is undergoing unusually severe inward turmoil lately. We have no idea why. It may be related to changes in his medication, but since these have had other, positive results as well, like weight loss and greater activity, we would hate to change [Read More...]

Urgent Prayer Request

A reader writes: I would really appreciate if you could ask for prayers for myself, my husband and our six children.  Within 24 hours I have found out that I have stage 2 breast cancer, and I am several weeks pregnant.  I am so overwhelmed, I don’t know what to think.  Any prayers people could [Read More...]

Prayer requests

My reader who has been suffering from profound depression has a treatment option open to her, but will need resources to do it, particularly childcare every day for three weeks from 8 to 5.  FWIW, I’ve suggested she start a Kickstarter page or some other fundraising thing.  If she does, I will give youse guys [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: Hi, I’m a recent reader and I noticed that you occasionally post prayer requests from readers. I was hoping you could post this one anonymously because I’m trying not to betray a friend’s trust, but she dearly needs prayer. She’s broke, unmarried and pregnant and has decided to get an abortion, partly [Read More...]

Prayer Requests

A reader asks for prayer as he struggles to listen to the voice of the Shepherd and not to various voices of this world that throw him into confusion. Father, hear his prayer and enliven in him the gifts of the Holy Spirit given in Confirmation that he could attend to the voice of Jesus [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: I enjoy reading your blogs and follow you on FB too and really appreciate your perspective on our Catholic faith. I know you likely get lots of prayer requests, but I was hoping I could ask you to say a prayer or twenty for me. I’ve been going through a really deep [Read More...]